Spring, Summer, Autumn
June – August
LCY → ARN
Freedom of movement
Taxi: 41 £GBP (40 min)
Bus: 8 £GBP (40 min)
Train: 2 £GBP (60 min)
The home of the world’s largest furniture retailer – IKEA and some of Europe’s trendiest people, there is much to discover in what many consider to be Europe’s coolest capital, where eccentric cafes and designer boutiques line the city’s medieval streets and the smell of freshly-baked pastries waft through the air. Regardless of whether you’re want a shop-till-you-drop combined with nightlife action, or a cultural break crammed with historic sightseeing and museum and gallery exploration Stockholm holidays will meet your expectations. Sweden’s cosmopolitan capital beckons.
With its waterways that thread their way past yellow, green and terracotta-hued buildings and spacious green spaces, Stockholm is one of the most picturesque cities in the world. Explore the charming medieval Old Town – Gamla Stan. Or discover the world-class shopping, dining and nightclubs in Stockholm’s bustling modern centre.
Stockholm experiences an average February temperature of 3 degrees Celsius (26.6 Fahrenheit). Due to its high north latitude, daylight hours vary widely from more than 18 in midsummer, down to about six in late December. However despite being so far north, Stockholm has reasonably mild weather compared to other city at a similar latitude, or even further south. Stockholm experiences an average of more than 1,800 hours of sunshine per year, making it one of the sunniest cities in the north of Europe, getting more sunshine than Paris and London for example.
In summer the average daytime high temperatures of 20 to 25 degrees Celsius (68 – 77 Fahrenheit) and with lows of about 13 degrees Celsius (55 Fahrenheit), but temperatures can climb as high as 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) some days. Days with temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) are rare, but days when the temperature hovers between 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit) and 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) are reasonably common in July and August. Consider it when planning your holidays to Stockholm. Winters typically come with cloudy weather with the most rain or snow falling in December and January. Average winter temperatures range from -3 to -1 degrees Celsius (27 – 30 Fahrenheit), and sometimes drop below -20 degrees Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit).
Stockholm is compact enough that staying almost anywhere means you can easily walk to most central locations and avoid the city’s ridiculously pricey taxis. Most of the best places to stay on Stockholm city break are egalitarian (you’ll carry your luggage to your room yourself), sensible and environmentally friendly – so don’t be liberal with the bath towels.
Most Stockholm hotels represent Sweden’s deep love affair with modern design. Long before the advent of IKEA, Swedish designers were excelling in furniture design, in particular chairs. Almost all the best Stockholm places adhere to this tradition and therefore you should expect to find examples of the very best in modern furniture design in them.
The choice of things to do on Stockholm holidays is almost endless. You can shop-till-you-drop at bohemian boutiques or deluxe department stores. Or for a little culture, explore the streets for the historic medieval Gamla Stan or the city’s first-rate museums. Eat traditional Swedish fare or international food at award-winning restaurants and immerse yourself in the amazing nightlife.
Marvel at the incredible hand-carved wooden statuettes at Gunnarssons Trafigurer, where in a Gepetto-like workshop, Urban Gunnarsson carves the famous and infamous. His sister Gisela then paints each statuette. Check out Castor Konsthantverk in Gamla Stan for high-quality clothing and handicrafts made by various Swedish artists. Shop for almost anything at the flagship Ahlens department store. Or browse the boutiques in Saldermalm’s SoFo (“South of Folkungagatan”) - a hub of innovative and creative Swedish fashion and retailing.
Take in the colourful medieval buildings in Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town, on your holidays to Stockholm. Be awestruck by incredibly well-preserved shipwreck of the Vasa, which sank on her maiden voyage in Stockholm 1628 at the Vasa Museum – the ship was salvaged in 1961, or experience Sweden of the past at Skansen Open-Air Museum, opened in 1891 it is the world’s first. The impressive Stockholm City Hall and stunningly beautiful Drottningholm Palace are also must sees.
The best of Swedish cuisine can be found at the laidback counter-style dining style Bakfickan in the Royal Opera house. Or feast on award-winning cuisine and sip mojitos on the terrace at Fredsgatan 12 during your Stockholm city break.
On balmy Stockholm summer nights, dance to the pumping beats outdoors on the terrace of party house Mosebacke Etablissement. Or if classical music is more your cup of tea, be sure to book tickets for a concert at the famed Berwaldhallen.